Staff at a controversial Welsh university have been sent contentious internal emails where their headline-grabbing Vice-Chancellor (VC) who is on the point of leaving, boasts of having a Chinese partner many years his junior and says provocatively “have you seen how Chinese women age(?)“, The Eye can reveal.
Professor Hughes adds that they are preparing to start a family and tells him: “10 years younger than you and we are planning a baby girl!”.
The university will be advertising for a permanent successor in the coming months and in the meantime Graham Upton will be appointed as interim VC from January 1.
But there has been a strong reaction among students on social media to the news of Professor Hughes leaving with controversies in the background.
One said: “This is an interesting move considering the salary/expenses scandals some of the upper level staff have been a part of”.
Another said: “They have to inform them of the possibility of people being let go, last year they managed to keep everyone”.
The shock news of Professor Hughes’ departure in just a few weeks comes at a difficult time for the university, and amid announcements of cuts of £5 million.
Schools are being reviewed and a final decision on compulsory redundancies will be made in January, to be implemented in September.
It states: “At a time when Bangor University is celebrating its successful engagement with the Equality and Diversity agenda (see Athena Swan Awards on the University’s webpages) it is interesting to reflect on the thoughts and words of its Vice Chancellor Professor John G Hughes“.
But this is not the first time Professor Hughes, along with other VCs, has hit the headlines.
The property, on the banks of the Cadnant River, cost £475,000 in 2010 and had £267,000 of renovations with £16,000 worth of furniture and £700 cushions.
Presumably Professor Hughes will not think those cushions will age like Chinese women…
Also on The Eye – a scandal at another prominent Welsh university.